Solitude; Rule of Thirds

Sometimes, solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth.

Sometimes, we find peace and inspiration there.

 The tulip speaks solitude.

The tulip speaks solitude.

In photography, there is a rule or guideline to go by to create the solitary tulip image.  It’s called Rule of Thirds. If your camera has auto focus, you can use the points to help create the lines. If not, then just imagine a tic-tac-toe grid as you look through your view finder. If the object is alone, like the tulip, the best position is in the far left of the grid lines. The rule of thirds causes our focus to be naturally drawn toward a certain part of the image.

Although I am still learning, the concept of an off-center image is more pleasing to the eye. It looks natural. Rule of Thirds encourages to make creative use of empty space which may seem negative.

Beauty of the Butterfly

Beauty of the Butterfly

The Landing with grids

The Landing with grids

Imagine framing your photo with grid lines. Think about what the major element is of the image.  Then try to position it near or close to the grid lines. Try to avoid overcrowding. Experimenting and practice is the best way to go. Photoshop and Lightroom  software will also help with this, as they include the feature for this overlay.

The Landing without grid lines.

This is just my “small” take on Solitude and Rule of Thirds. As usual, I try to create an analogy to compare to everyday life.  So here goes…

If Rule of Thirds is a photographers way of making a negative space seem positive and more pleasing to the eye…how can this relate to us in the world in which we live and breathe?

Would it be to our advantage, at times, to use that simple grid line and imagine what a situation could look like from a tic-tac-toe view? What are the most important areas of our lives? Health? Love? Relationships? Work? God? Whatever it may be, imagine placing that focal point in a way that our focus is on the subject and not placed on the background stuff that gets in the way.

May you always find solitude within your tic-tac-toe lines of life.

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18 thoughts on “Solitude; Rule of Thirds

  1. I was struck by your final thought, about how we might extend the concept of the grid and the rule of thirds to our lives in order to better discern whether our actions our values. Thanks for sharing this insight.

    • Sorry. My last comment may not make sense. I left out the words “align with”. The phrase ” our actions our values” should read “our actions align with our values.” Please forgive the omission!

      • Thanks Patrick! 🙂 I always try to relate things to life, no matter what it is… I think there’s always some connection. I’m glad you connected with you. Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate your thoughts. Please stop by again! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I’m just someone who likes to write and take pictures in hopes that I can connect with others with similar interests. ( much like you)… 🙂

  2. I’m really into color contrast today. The red and green in your featured tulip image are really beautiful together. The opposite colors, and the balance of negative/positive in the image makes it all come together very nicely.

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